Transport Chief Administrative Secretary Wavinya Ndeti has called for political tolerance as the country prepares for August 9 general elections.
Wavinya addressed the faithful during a service at New East Africa Church Ngelani in Machakos Town constituency on Sunday, urging Kenyans to champion peace during political campaigns and reject politicians who incite members of the public to violence.
“As Kenyans, despite our different political views and leanings, we have to be tolerant of one another. We should say no to political violence and reject leaders who incite people against their perceived opponents,” said the former Kathiani MP.
In an apparent reference to Saturday’s One Kenya Alliance (OKA) rally in the town of Machakos, where a group of rowdy youths interrupted and shouted down some leaders, the CAS said political violence was poison to the peaceful, free and fair election process.
A day earlier, a group of rioting youths stoned their motorcade at Kyumvi Junction as they led a caravan to raise awareness among voters in Machakos Town and Mavoko constituencies.
“Dealers of electoral violence need to be called out and reminded that country matters more than political positions,” she said.
Wavinya, who has his eye on Machakos’ governorship in the upcoming general election, pledged to transform the county’s healthcare sector if elected to office.
“I know the poor state of our health facilities and services, and one of my priorities will be to fix the mess in our public health facilities,” she said.
On food security issues, the CAS urged both county and national governments to take urgent corrective action to address likely food shortages resulting from massive crop failures due to poor rainfall.